Rich Young – ProVideo Coalition http://www.provideocoalition.com A Moviola Company Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:18:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.2 http://provideocoalition.moviola.netdna-cdn.com/app/uploads/cropped-Moviola-Favicon-2016-32x32.png Rich Young – ProVideo Coalition http://www.provideocoalition.com 32 32 ‘Rebellion’ tutorials for free HitFilm 4 Express http://www.provideocoalition.com/rebellion-tutorials-free-hitfilm-4-express/ http://www.provideocoalition.com/rebellion-tutorials-free-hitfilm-4-express/#respond Wed, 04 Jan 2017 08:10:43 +0000 http://www.provideocoalition.com/?p=43756 FXHOME has launched their Star Wars-style fan film project, Rebellion, to familiarize people wih HitFilm 4 Express, a free app offering basic features of their main app HitFilm Pro 2017, the latest version of its all‐in‐one video editing and visual effects app. HitFilm Pro 2017 (links to AEP quick take) was released not long ago,

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FXHOME has launched their Star Wars-style fan film project, Rebellion, to familiarize people wih HitFilm 4 Express, a free app offering basic features of their main app HitFilm Pro 2017, the latest version of its all‐in‐one video editing and visual effects app. HitFilm Pro 2017 (links to AEP quick take) was released not long ago, adding Mocha planar tracking, Boris FX titling, scopes, export queue, 8K and 32‐bit floating color, as well as 150 plug-ins for other apps.

Free video tutorials and Hitfilm project files enable potential filmmakers to make their own effects inspired content at home. From learning how to clone stormtroopers, to tracking UI graphics to designing blaster effects, HitFilm’s latest project shows you how to create high level visual effects using completely free software. Here’s a sample, Create realistic blaster VFX with HitFilm Express:

There’s more in the Hitfilm Express Rebellion project, and even more in previous Hitfilm Express demo projects, like a version of an Iron Man inspired heads up display, Star Wars style lightning power and lightsabers, and Film Riot’s Portal Combat.

HitFilm 4 Express is among the most advanced free video software tools available: a video editor, it also includes pro-level animation tools, speed controls, and over 150 effect filters such as lightning, smoke and explosions. It also offers flexibility through a set of optional expansion packs with additional features and effects, if users decide to delay upgrading to Hitfilm Pro or After Effects. Hitfilm Express can be used on consumer laptops or hardcore gaming rigs using any of the last 3 versions of Windows or MacOS.

Also the HitFilm YouTube channel provides free weekly tutorials and filmmaking techniques to help new and experienced users. Here’s one for Hitfilm Express that could also be leveraged for After Effects users, displacement to simulate 3D depth from a single still image:

For more on this effect, see the AEP roundup 3D from 2D images: After Effects and Making faces 3D.

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Bluetooth headphones: battery life trumps sound quality http://www.provideocoalition.com/bluetooth-headphones-battery-life-trumps-sound-quality/ http://www.provideocoalition.com/bluetooth-headphones-battery-life-trumps-sound-quality/#respond Thu, 01 Dec 2016 04:59:13 +0000 http://www.provideocoalition.com/?p=42434 The powers that be seem to want everyone to use Bluetooth headphones, and they may come in handy for users of any number of combination of devices. Unfortunately, there are a ton of cheap wireless headphones that make it difficult to find a good product. Take for example, the Mpow Dunmer, inexpensive sweatproof Bluetooth headphones

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The powers that be seem to want everyone to use Bluetooth headphones, and they may come in handy for users of any number of combination of devices. Unfortunately, there are a ton of cheap wireless headphones that make it difficult to find a good product.

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Take for example, the Mpow Dunmer, inexpensive sweatproof Bluetooth headphones which feature BT4.1, ear stabilizer wings, AptX (compression for better sound on Android devices), mic noise cancellation. They’re reasonably comfortable, and most importantly to me, they have an impressively full, balanced sound signature for a cheap headphone. Both the high and lows are heard without piercing sibilance or boomy muddiness.

While the Mpow Dunmer has over a week of standby time, the big downside is that they last only about 4 hours in use. For some reason, fear of running out of juice makes the awkward pairing and controls buttons seem worse.

Really, who needs another device that requires constant charging, even if it’s easy to carry and is only about $20? You can’t just tuck it somewhere and hope it’ll work when needed.

solo3-wirelessMost of the higher-end models like the Jaybird X3 in the lightweight in-ear category typically offer only 8 hour of use. That may be fine for workouts or other short activities, especially since comfort and durability are actual features, but 12 or 20 hours of play in addition to standby time would mean less hassle.

Over-the-ear models can house bigger batteries but are less portable. Less expensive models are plentiful but almost always sacrifice sound quality. Higher-end over-the-ear models cost $300-400 –or more. The Sennheiser PXC 550 and Momentum 2.0 Wireless, Sony H.ear On Wireless NC, the (inexpensive) Sony MDR-ZX770BT, and the Bose QuietComfort 35 are all rated around at 20 hours of battery life.

Apple’s Beats Solo3 Wireless is the best-in-class for battery life at 40 hours, and has decent enough sound and very solid connectivity — and more if you have an iPhone7.

Check out the Head-Fi Buying Guide for short reviews of all kinds of headphones. Visit the main page to catch holiday deals. For a better guide on earphones, by sound signature, see The Headphone List 2016 Buyer’s Guide. For another great guide, see InnerFidelity’s “Wall of Fame.”

A different Mpow or Anker (and so forth) model with better battery life might be a good bet. But if you want to avoid multivariate analyses of feature sets, and perhaps some useless plastic, you could stick with well known wired headphones, especially if you’re just stashing them away as backups or gifting them. After all, wired headphones work on almost all phones, tablets, and computers, and they’re much less hassle all around.

hje120If you want to stay cheap and avoid disappointing sound, I’d recommend the Panasonic ErgoFits at $7-15, or the $40 Carbo Tenore. The cheaper mic-less Panasonic HJE120 ErgoFit, the #1 headphone on Amazon, are brighter than the Panasonic TCM125 ErgoFit, which on a few songs sound a little muted up top and muddy in the bottom registers. Both models are balanced ok: one is brighter sounding, while the other has an easier treble, a bit more bass, and a mic. Both are on the edge of being flimsy, but they work out fine in practice and fit almost all ears without drama. The ErgoFit HJE120 runs $7-10 on Amazon, while the bassier talk-enabled TCM125 ErgoFit goes for $11-15.

I often use the lightweight ErgoFit HJE120 to edit talking heads video on a MacBook Pro. The tilt towards the highs is less annoying to sensitive ears than the Sony MDR-7506, and they still reveal noise when finishing audio for speech.

For a little more, you could increase sound quality a ton with the Zero Audio Carbo Tenore. Though their build quality is variable and the fit can be fiddly, they have a more-detailed and better-balanced sound (see the too-gushing review by The Verge).

Maybe Bluetooth 5 will help, but for now, bluetooth headphones are annoying:

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Holiday Deal: 40% off Red Giant plug-ins http://www.provideocoalition.com/RedGiantsale http://www.provideocoalition.com/RedGiantsale#respond Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:57:22 +0000 http://www.provideocoalition.com/?p=42411 The Red Giant Annual Blowout Sale returns on December 6th, 2016. 
Everything in the Red Giant serious toy store is 40% off for 24 hours only. This includes full licenses, upgrades and academic store products for Adobe After Effects CC and Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Apple Final Cut Pro, and more. Here’s their “slick” ad: To redeem

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The Red Giant Annual Blowout Sale returns on December 6th, 2016. 
Everything in the Red Giant serious toy store is 40% off for 24 hours only. This includes full licenses, upgrades and academic store products for Adobe After Effects CC and Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Apple Final Cut Pro, and more.

Here’s their “slick” ad:

To redeem the 40% discount, you just apply the coupon code found on the Red Giant website on the day of the sale. There’s a ton of tutorials and other info available; you can learn more about Red Giant products at their Support page.

Highlights of the sale include:

Magic Bullet Suite 13: $540 (usually $899)
This NEW version is a major upgrade to Red Giant’s tools for professional color correction, finishing and film looks. Just released in October, every single tool in the Magic Bullet Suite has received major updates and is now GPU-accelerated. And for the first time ever, Magic Bullet Suite delivers real-time color correction thanks to OpenCL support in Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Dive deeper at Prolost.com, for example:

Trapcode Suite 13.1: $600 (usually $999)
Contains exciting tools for creating motion graphics, and visual effects in Adobe After Effects CC, Trapcode Suite 13.1 was recently updated to includes new features in Trapcode Form, Tao and Sound Keys, new presets for Trapcode Mir and Tao, as well as bug fixes for Particular, Form, Mir, Tao, and Lux. You can dive deeper on several products at Trapcode.com; an example:

PluralEyes 4.1: $120 (usually $199)
Updated earlier this year, PluralEyes 4.1 now features EDIUS Pro support, a new music video workflow, support for GoPro spanning media, and the ability to batch delete multiple clips at once, making this premiere audio/video sync tool even better. No, really, it’s very fast and flexible if the Premiere Pro and other NLE tools are annoying you.

Universe 2.0 – Annual Subscription: $60 (usually $99)
Red Giant’s collection of GPU-accelerated plug-ins for editors and motion graphics artists, Universe 2.0 features more than 60 tools that run in Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe After Effects CC, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Apple Motion, Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve, HitFilm and Sony Vegas. With a strong focus on motion graphics, Universe 2.0 is packed with tools for simulating HUD components, logo motion, animated line graphics, holographs, camera shake, and more.

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Additional examples of savings include:

•    Trapcode Particular 2.6: $240 (usually $399)
•    Magic Bullet Looks: $240 (usually $399)
•    Keying Suite: $480 (usually $799)
•    Magic Bullet Denoiser III: $120 (usually $199)

Academic buyers should pre-qualify as an academic buyer BEFORE the sale!

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Holiday Deals: JBL LSR305 & Equator Audio D5 Studio Monitors http://www.provideocoalition.com/jbl-lsr305-studio-monitor/ http://www.provideocoalition.com/jbl-lsr305-studio-monitor/#respond Mon, 28 Nov 2016 22:22:25 +0000 http://www.provideocoalition.com/?p=42247 There was a deal Black Friday weekend on JBL LSR305 Studio Monitor, a good lower-end 5″ active studio monitor. At most outlets the deal has ended, but Sweetwater, Musician’s Friend, Crutchfield, and others are still offering these powered speakers for just $99 each [by December 11 prices were back up to $120-150 per speaker]. Sales come

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There was a deal Black Friday weekend on JBL LSR305 Studio Monitor, a good lower-end 5″ active studio monitor. At most outlets the deal has ended, but Sweetwater, Musician’s Friend, Crutchfield, and others are still offering these powered speakers for just $99 each [by December 11 prices were back up to $120-150 per speaker].

Sales come and go. The Equator sale is on through December. Another good monitor, the Airmotiv 5s (with a ribbon tweeter), is also on sale at $339 a pair.

The JBL LSR305 has a nicely balanced sound, sweetened with a bit more treble and bass, and decent stereo imaging. They’re not large, so they’ll fit on most desks. For not much (if any) more money, they make a great upgrade from the “best” computer speakers and smaller monitors. For instance, they destroy the M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 favored by The Wirecutter.

The lows aren’t as flabby as similar KRK models (on earlier models at least), and they have plenty of presence in the highs to spot audio noise in your video. The JBL LSR305 is still a good buy at the regular $150 price, but be aware that Amazon does not accept returns of these items, so that might be a good excuse to make a trip to Guitar Center to compare these with the higher-priced 5″ Yamaha monitors.

Here’s a video from one pundit:

equatord5There’s at least another sale on up the quality ladder. The Equator Audio D5 are 5″ active monitors with a good mid-range and imaging, and on Holiday sale even in December with a D5 monitor pair, isolation pads, & audio cables bundle for $400. There’s also an inexpensive padded carry case available to make transport safe and convenient. Monitor pairs are phase aligned in the factory, and are smaller due to a coaxial speaker design with tweeters placed over the woofers. They were well-received in the music industry press, being an intro to similar coaxial monitors found in very high end music studios. They have a front bass port for easier placement, and clearly beat the JBLs in A/B listening.

Equator even offers an unconditional 60-day money back guarantee.

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Another smaller step up is to the Adam Audio F5, which are now around $460 a pair, down from the regular $499-549. These are my favorite of the group. Of course, that’s an opinion based on chance, limited exposure, and perception of the ribbon tweeter performance. If they were $150 per pair more than the Equator Audio D5, quite possible depending on pricing, the Equators would be a better deal.

All of these relatively inexpensive monitors are pleasing and useful. For those yet to add more serious sound to their NLE setup, the JBL LSR305 speakers are a very good buy at $200, and could be repurposed any number of ways (re-gift, standalone TV audio or stereo) if upgrading later.

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HitFilm Pro 2017 steps it up http://www.provideocoalition.com/hitfilm-pro-2017-steps/ http://www.provideocoalition.com/hitfilm-pro-2017-steps/#comments Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:29:23 +0000 http://www.provideocoalition.com/?p=41642 FXHOME has released HitFilm Pro 2017,  the latest version of its all‐in‐one video editing and visual effects app. With no subscription fees and a large install base of users of its software, HitFilm is the only video product to combine an nonlinear editor, a compositor with motion graphics and 3D tools, and over 500 visual effects

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FXHOME has released HitFilm Pro 2017,  the latest version of its all‐in‐one video editing and visual effects app. With no subscription fees and a large install base of users of its software, HitFilm is the only video product to combine an nonlinear editor, a compositor with motion graphics and 3D tools, and over 500 visual effects and presets. It includes 3D object rendering, powerful particle simulation, over 500 customizable visual effects and presets, color grading, BorisFX titling and 3D text, and over 150 plug-ins for use in other video so􀁛ware.

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Here’s the intro video (preso starts after 35 seconds):

 

The ambitious HitFilm Pro 2017 upgrade includes requested features and more (see the compete rundown at FxHome):

  • upgraded 3D rendering, generally surpassing After Effects in features
  • more visual effects and hundreds of new presets (better lightsabers and new neon)
  • better control over color grading with Vectorscopes, Waveforms and Histograms
  • a new export queue for a faster workflow
  • new editing and audio tools including keyboard shortcuts and auto sync offer simple solutions,
  • an upgraded interface
  • 8K and 32‐bit floating color support with RAM preview for cinema‐level quality
  • next generation support given to 360° video, including titles and lens distort for action cam footage
  • new partnerships bring Imagineer’s mocha HitFilm planar tracking and sophisticated camera solving, and BorisFX 3D Objects & BorisFX Title Studio to all HitFilm Pro 2017 users
  • an upgraded Ignite Pro 2017 150+ plug-in collection adds support for Avid Media Composer
  • additional bundles with Red Giant Magic Bullet, iClone, and NewBlue FX Amplify and ActionVFX are available
  • single user license with 3 concurrent activations on Mac and Windows

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HitFilm Pro 2017 is available on the HitFilm store for $349, with upgrades from $189; a variety of bundles are available. One license can be used simultaneously on 3 separate machines on Mac and Windows. Minimum requirements are:

  • Apple Mac ‐ OS X 10.10 Yosemite, 10.11 El Capitan, or macOS 10.12 Sierra
  • Windows PC ‐ 64 bit version of Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10
  • 2GB or more recommended for 4K UHD
  • Earliest graphics cards HitFilm supports: NVIDIA GeForce 9 Series (2008),  AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series (2009), Intel HD Graphics 4000 (GT2) (2012)

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Available separately is Ignite Pro 2017 , the Adobe-format plug-in pack, for $199. Containing over 150 plug-ins, Ignite Pro 2017 provides a similar range of effects as the major After Effects collections, though at a lower cost. Like the main app, it also allows for 3 concurrent activations on Mac and Windows, supporting a wide variety of hosts: Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Apple Motion, Sony Catalyst, Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve, The Foundry NUKE, Grass Valley EDIUS, Avid Media Composer and Vegas Pro 14.

HitFilm Pro 2017 is still a young product, yet quite capable in every area — if a bit unpolished on the editing side. Designed for newer users, the product grows impressively with each release.  Older hands may miss features, niceties and shortcuts of 20-year old apps, but will be surprised at the breadth of features available, especially for motion graphics and VFX. The UI is familiar enough to industry standards, but perhaps FxHome could return to the innovative HUD stylings of its early plug-in development, to distinguish HitFilm with faster results and easier use.

  • edit and visual effects shots is as quick as changing tabs in your web browser
  • unified 3D space, otherwise available only at the very high end
  • integrated 3D particle engine
  • fast 3D model rendering
  • 3D camera projection
  • a full complement of additional effects
  • gunfire effect with muzzle flashed in full 3D
  • easy advanced 3D text, and pro end credits and lower thirds
  • heat, energy, fluid and smoke distortion effects for adding realism to shots
  • a Neon path effect for lifelike neon sign graphics
  • lighting effects like anamorphic streaks, light leaks, sparkles, volumetric 3D light rays, high quality glows
  • a variety of retro, damage, & glitch effects
  • advanced chroma key, matte cleaning, spill suppression and auto light wrap
  • footage repair tools to remove grain, fix rolling shutter jello, stabilize jittery shots, and remove lens distortion
  • auto sync and audio mixer tools
  • OpenFX plugins compliant
  • an active YouTube channel with tutorials

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The new Social Publishing panel (beta) in Premiere Pro http://www.provideocoalition.com/new-social-publishing-panel-beta-premiere-pro/ http://www.provideocoalition.com/new-social-publishing-panel-beta-premiere-pro/#respond Wed, 02 Nov 2016 22:41:05 +0000 http://www.provideocoalition.com/?p=41016 Adobe thinks that online content creators are spending too much time preparing video for social media channels. Deciding on codecs & various settings, description fields, and tags, and later interpreting video stats can be a time sink. To help out, Adobe is piloting a new streamlined workflow in Premiere Pro for publishing videos to social

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Adobe thinks that online content creators are spending too much time preparing video for social media channels. Deciding on codecs & various settings, description fields, and tags, and later interpreting video stats can be a time sink. To help out, Adobe is piloting a new streamlined workflow in Premiere Pro for publishing videos to social media, optimized for content creators.

With cross-platform social publishing and performance tracking, strategic recommendations to achieve peak performance, and time-savers like the ability to save custom keyword sets and upload custom thumbnails, the Social Publishing Panel (beta) is designed to make online video publishing easier.

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Currently, the Social Publishing Panel feature is in beta, limited to paid Creative Cloud members, and open for applications starting November 2. Let’s hope that the render engine is now the same everywhere, not one for apps and another for Adobe Media Encoder.

Social Publishing Panel features include:

* Cross-Platform Social Media Publishing
Easily select social media export presets, populate required platform-specific metadata, and add tags from within Premiere Pro.

* Keyword Presets
Making your content discoverable requires consistent, detailed, optimized searchable keywords and tags. With keyword presets in the Social Publishing panel (beta), you can develop a list of tags and attach them to your different videos, series, seasons, or channels with a single click – eliminating the need to type out insert every keyword individually from memory, ensuring consistency.

* Custom Thumbnail
Having a dynamic thumbnail is essential to making your video stand out.

* Content Scheduling
You can schedule videos to publish across multiple social platforms in staggered timing or simultaneously in the case of a time sensitive post that you want to blast out – like the drop of a musical album or the start of a contest campaign.

* Rendition Management
Rendition Groups allow you to group two or more videos together during the publish stage so that they are tracked as a single asset across the different social platforms you post to. For example, a 10-minute vlog posted on YouTube along with a shorter version with silent auto-play captions for Facebook and a 30-second version for use as promotion on Twitter, can be tracked across all of the platforms as if it were a single video. You can view performance of the collection as a whole, or dig deeper into each rendition’s performance based on platform so you can manage and promote content renditions more easily.

* Strategic Recommendations for Peak Performance
Interpreting analytics from multiple social platforms can be confusing. Over time, the Social Publishing panel (beta) will learn and adapt based on your content performance across platforms to provide detailed, personalized recommendations like keyword tags that could result in the highest click rates, or what time/day of the week for posting garners the most views, to provide key insights into the viewing patterns and preferences of audiences. Personalized recommendations may help steer your creative plans and publishing strategies for peak performance.

Here’s a backgrounder on the new feature for Premiere Pro, though its audio is more substandard than the usual social media fare created with Adobe tools.

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How far you can lean on stock footage? http://www.provideocoalition.com/far-can-lean-stock-footage/ http://www.provideocoalition.com/far-can-lean-stock-footage/#respond Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:49:50 +0000 http://www.provideocoalition.com/?p=39584 Depth of Field” is a three-part web series that showcases the breadth of the Adobe Stock Film Series collection. The series demonstrates just how far you can lean on stock footage, even if just used as placeholders for custom shots. To bring the project to life, San Francisco-based design and moving picture company Skycar Creative reached

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Depth of Field” is a three-part web series that showcases the breadth of the Adobe Stock Film Series collection. The series demonstrates just how far you can lean on stock footage, even if just used as placeholders for custom shots.

To bring the project to life, San Francisco-based design and moving picture company Skycar Creative reached out to artists and designers from around the world and asked them to share a story from their creative journey. Then Skycar brought the stories to life by producing short films inspired by the artists made with hundreds of Adobe Stock video assets.

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The movies in series features original narration from filmmaker and photographer Foster Huntington on quitting his day job to become a full-time artist, vector artist and illustrator Robert Generette III on the frustration of having an “idea strike,” and graphic artist Kahori Maki on the creative impact of the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake. “Looking through new images that I haven’t seen yet took me to a place that I haven’t been and showed me a new landscape. For me, it is like being in a zero gravity world,” says Maki.



Using Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects, Skycar Creative reversed, sped up, slowed down, colorized, merged and manipulated raw stock files to produce original works of art. “We wanted the audience to have a personal glimpse into pivotal moments and process from real artists. We also wanted them to experience the visual possibilities with stock and feel inspired to go out and make something cool,” says Skycar Creative Director and Co-founder, Aaron Barry.


 

adobe-stock-logo-150x150In case you missed it, last week Adobe announced the public beta of the Adobe Stock Contributor website, a new platform where you can sell photos, illustrations, videos, and vector graphics directly to the world’s largest creative community. By contributing to Adobe Stock, you can showcase your work to millions of creatives right inside Creative Cloud apps. The platform is fully functional but still in beta, so feedback is welcome through the Adobe Stock Contributor forum.

One major new feature is auto-keywording, a time-saving feature that uses machine learning to automatically generate the first five keywords of each image you submit. It’ll be interesting to see if this technology can generate emotional keywords like “joy” that could help worthy content to stand out from the crowd.

Adobe has integrated Stock contributor submission directly within Creative Cloud applications, though it’s not required. During the beta phase, you’ll have the ability to upload images to Adobe Stock directly from Lightroom CC and Bridge CC, which were also just updated and released. Adobe plans to open submissions to more content types in additional CC applications soon.

There’s a 33% commission for photos and vector art, and a 35% commission for videos, “based on the price of the image.” A payout request via Paypal or Skrill is available when you have reach $50 (or Euros) in royalties (allow 7 days for payment). Check out Adobe Stock itself for info on the range of pricing.

You can visit the Adobe Stock HelpX page for general information. See also this Adobe tutorial on how to Use Adobe Stock video footage with Creative Cloud Libraries inside Premiere Pro CC and After Effects CC.

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Creative Cloud ‘Next’ at IBC 2016 http://www.provideocoalition.com/IBC2016 http://www.provideocoalition.com/IBC2016#respond Tue, 06 Sep 2016 11:50:56 +0000 http://www.provideocoalition.com/?p=38472 Adobe is showing the latest incremental update of its Creative Cloud video and audio tools at the IBC Show 2016 in Amsterdam from September 9-13. Following a major release just a few months ago, Adobe plans to sneak peek their latest in post-production collaboration, VR, 3D, motion graphics, and character animation for creating content across multiple screens. Here’s a roundup of summary

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Adobe is showing the latest incremental update of its Creative Cloud video and audio tools at the IBC Show 2016 in Amsterdam from September 9-13. Following a major release just a few months ago, Adobe plans to sneak peek their latest in post-production collaboration, VR, 3D, motion graphics, and character animation for creating content across multiple screens. Here’s a roundup of summary info, links to more, and videos from Adobe and 3rd party reviewers & trainers. There should be much more coming in the next few months with the actual release of the software.

Below are Adobe intro videos and outlines of feature highlights of this release, which is themed “Connected Creativity.” There’s sometimes additional info linked in Adobe Help, for example Adobe Premiere Pro Help / New features summary. We’ll be adding video or 3rd-party resources to this roundup as they pop up.

Also, a YouTube Live Event with marketeer Jason Levine is planned for September 7 from 8-9 am PT.

 

Team Projects: Collaboration for Connected Teams
  • Adobe will show an interesting new hosted collaboration service, Team Projects, to address challenges of working with other editors and designers across multiple projects and tools. Built on Adobe Anywhere technology — and hopefully more accessible — Team Projects integrates deep collaboration features such as version control and smart conflict resolution, and allows editors and motion graphics artists to work simultaneously within Adobe Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, and Adobe Prelude CC. Post-production professionals can work simultaneously in shared sequences, or compositions within Creative Cloud apps, with access version control features that will reduce project conflicts and make reverting to older project iterations simple. The data in Team Projects will be securely hosted in the cloud, and media files referenced by Team Projects can be locally stored source files or shared lightweight proxies. We’ll have to wait on Adobe for more on system requirements, pricing, and other details.

 

Premiere Pro and Adobe Media Encoder (more at team blog and Premiere Pro Help)
  • Here’s the Adobe overview video. Noted in the video is new VR features, building on enhancements launched earlier this year. Additional innovations in the next release of Premiere Pro CC, including auto-aware VR that seamlessly detects and applies the correct setting to stereoscopic and monoscopic media. Capabilities in Adobe Primetime (more at bottom) allow media companies to more easily capture the full potential of VR by building sustainable businesses and delivering premium viewing experiences. These include video playback support, dynamic ad insertion and content protection via Adobe’s Virtual Reality Digital Rights Management (VRDRM).

  • Improvements to Dynamic Link between Premiere Pro and After Effects should make working with both applications more streamlined.

  • Better Captions and subtitles in Premiere Pro CC lets users easily create and fine-tune captions to enliven silent auto-play video previews on Facebook for higher engagement, target different languages or improve accessibility for hearing impaired viewers.

  •  New visual keyboard shortcut mapping makes it easy to discover, adjust and customize keyboard shortcuts.

  • Improved Live Text Templates allow for simple manipulation of text layers directly inside the Effect Control Panel. Automatically sync missing Typekit fonts, eliminating the need to find fonts manually, and take advantage of a new file format that allows you to share Live Text Templates via Creative Cloud Folders and import them directly into Premiere Pro without requiring an After Effects license.
  • Additional File Format Support in the next version of Premiere Pro includes Native QT DNxHD / DNxHR export.
  • More Audio Effects, providing higher quality sound processing and improved fidelity from Adobe Audition include: Adaptive Noise Reduction, Dynamics Processing, Parametric Equalizer, Automatic Click Remover, Studio Reverb. New hi-DPI aware effects include, Analog Delay, Chorus/Flanger, DeHummer, Guitar Suite, Phaser, Single Band Compressor, Tube Modeled Compressor, Vocal Enhancer and Multi Band Compressor. Some legacy Premiere Pro audio plug-ins will be deprecated and they will be removed in a future version.
  • Refined Lumetri Color tools now provide HDR10 metadata support for editing and delivering HDR10 for new HDR-enabled TVs and displays, plus expanded support for color space metadata, providing greater precision for delivering brilliant imagery.
  • Additional features include the ability to render sequences faster with new GPU-accelerated effects and improved support for Apple Metal.
  • Premiere Pro and Adobe Media Encoder now offer stitching of multiple clips from camera media into a single file on ingest for easier file management.
  • Use the new Global FX Mute button in the Program Monitor to toggle on/off all video effects in a sequence, to improve playback performance, or view the clips without any effects applied.
  • A new launch screen offers beginners a variety of learning options and approaches—whether it is examining a completed sequence, how to optimize a project, or a step by step through a featured tutorial.

Improved speed in tracking, stabilization, and rendering is left for future releases, leaving bragging rights for Final Cut users.

As a reminder of what came new just last June, here are a few overview videos. Josh at Retooled.net had a nice take on that release, covering some handy smaller features and notes on newly “obsolete” effects. And Adobe’s Dave Helmly added a complete demo, Adobe Premiere Pro CC June 2016 Update (v2015.3).

 

After Effects (13.x) (more at team blog and Help) 
  • The new video preview architecture in After Effects is getting further improvements, to let you play raw footage in real-time and eliminate the need to cache before previewing footage. Interactive performance optimizations and new GPU-accelerated effects, such as Hue/Saturation and Brightness/Contrast, can help remove bottlenecks.
  • Shared Templates are getting attention. You can create new projects from your own After Effects template and automatically set color management settings and project structure to ensure consistency. Share templates via Creative Cloud Folders to ensure team members and freelancers are working from the same framework.
  • In addition to Dynamic Link improvements noted above, other new features include automatic syncing of Typekit fonts from your After Effects compositions. The ability to keep track of multiple outputs from the same file over the life of a project by adding date and time tokens to your file name output template. Marker and scripting improvements helps users fine-tune compositing details. A 360-degree preset gives users a better viewing of monoscopic equirectangular video. Optimized time remapping, combined with faster Dynamic Link, improves overall workflow efficiency, saving more valuable time for users.
  • A new 3D renderer from Cinema 4D sounds promising. Adobe says that you can quickly and easily create 3D text and logos without leaving After Effects. You can bend planes and extrude 3D text and shapes directly inside the timeline, backed by the power of Cinema 4D’s standard renderer. If you’re new to 3D, they’ve made it easier to jump in: control quality and render settings with a single slider, and work with the same camera, lighting and text animation tools you know already.

Info on many smaller improvements and bug fixes should be forthcoming on the team blog after the release. At the June release, there was at least one known bug for users of  After Effects Text Templates, according to Joost van der Hoeven. Other reports include problems with missing LUTs & syncing, and sudden hard rebooting of a Hackintosh (regular Macs can use the OS X default display driver, not the recent Nvidia one, if they experience this).

Motionworks looked at the April NAB preview of this release several months ago, AE CC 13.5, in After Effects 3D Enhancements. Otherwise, all the usual AE heavyweights and usual suspects did not report on the June release.

 

Character Animator (see more at team blog and Help) 
  • The next version of Character Animator CC (Beta) should give you Faster Puppet Creation. When combining puppet parts created from multiple Photoshop and Illustrator files, Character Animator would allow you to “mash-up” different body parts to create multiple puppets fast. Recording options have been streamlined to include grouped keyboard trigger recordings with more precise editing options. You should be able to make changes to your puppets faster with enhanced round-trip functionality between Photoshop and Illustrator, and share files easily via Creative Cloud Folders. New users will be able to learn Character Animator quickly with a new interactive getting started tutorial.

 

Audition CC (9.x) (see more at the team blog and in Help)
  • Users who are new to Audition will find new guided walkthroughs of common tasks, such as reducing background noise, mixing audio elements, or producing a simple podcast. The new on-boarding experience empowers newcomers to get started and feel successful from first launch. In that vein, Adobe is offering a top 5 overview of reasons to use Audition. It’s a mature app in its way, but could use more powerful filters that could be licensed from 3rd parties (better noise reduction please).

 

Adobe Primetime and Adobe Analytics (Primetime blog)

In a nod to “TV Everywhere” Adobe also announced new capabilities in Adobe Primetime that will help deliver premium experiences across connected devices that are personalized and effectively monetized with buffer-free content. As an industry-first, Adobe is introducing live-linear ad replacement across every screen. As the scale and demands for streaming become increasingly larger, media companies can now seamlessly replace broadcast TV commercials with dynamically targeted ads. Data points ranging from device type and audience behavioral characteristics to Nielsen segments and psychographic data can all be leveraged so audiences are get relevant, personalized ads.

The new dynamic ad insertion capabilities deliver on a hybrid approach of both server-side (in the cloud) and client-side (across devices) ad insertion for live and on-demand streaming. When there are millions of people tuning in to an event, ad insertion becomes a huge technological hurdle; this approach should help to prevent hiccups and generate higher CPMs.

Integrating Adobe Primetime with Adobe Marketing Cloud, Adobe Analytics offers video analytics with video stream measurement used by most of the top providers. There’s some interesting background on this at AdExchanger, which mentions dynamic ad insertion for live, linear TV streams well as VOD and OTT devices.

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Red Giant Universe 2.0: HUD, mograph, stylized damage & looks, transitions http://www.provideocoalition.com/red-giant-universe-2-0-motion-graphics-stylized-damage-looks-transitions/ http://www.provideocoalition.com/red-giant-universe-2-0-motion-graphics-stylized-damage-looks-transitions/#respond Thu, 30 Jun 2016 18:48:37 +0000 http://www.provideocoalition.com/?p=35703 Red Giant Universe had been a consistently-updated mix of free and subscription effects for Adobe After Effect, Premiere Pro, and related apps like Hitfilm Pro, Final Cut Pro X, and DaVinci Resolve. With the new Universe 2.0, Red Giant removed the less popular plug-ins – and will no longer offer free tools! If you already have

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Red Giant Universe had been a consistently-updated mix of free and subscription effects for Adobe After Effect, Premiere Pro, and related apps like Hitfilm Pro, Final Cut Pro X, and DaVinci Resolve. With the new Universe 2.0, Red Giant removed the less popular plug-ins – and will no longer offer free tools! If you already have the free plug-ins installed, you will still have access to those, but updates will not be available.

Universe 2.0 has more than 60 tools (view details by category), including 4 new and 29 updated plug-ins, plus some new UI that makes it easier to preview and apply effects. The product launched a few years ago with 31 free and 19 premium transitions and plug-ins. Now you can rent the improved set by month ($20) or by year ($99). It seems like a solid inexpensive bundle, even if it sometimes has the feel of Everything is a Remix. Then again, where else is there a HUD generator?

 

Red Giant Universe 2.0 requires a GPU to render (there is no CPU fallback) and requires 2GB of dedicated VRAM and OpenGL 2.1 support. The minimum GPU is an Intel HD 5000 integrated graphics chip. There’s more performance, and plug-in documentation, in their FAQ.

This update to Red Giant Universe features a special focus on motion graphics plug-ins, including:

  • HUD Components instantly create Heads-Up Display elements for use in motion graphics, with presets, element shapes and behaviors for creating a variety of HUD effects.
  • Line can easily generate a line between two points to simulate flight paths, travel indicators on a map, and a variety of additional motion graphics. You can draw it as a curving bezier path or a straight line, change the color and style of the line, as well as the start and end points and how they animate over time.
  • Logo Motion instantly makes logos and text seem interesting and dynamic by animating imagery on and off the screen with a hinge style swing, slide on, or a slightly eased in and out “pop.”
  • Color Stripe creates a transition that uses layered blocks of color wiping across the screen to reveal a second layer.

 

Red Giant has updated the user experience on 22 Universe 2.0 tools with a new visual preset browser. Users can view an animated preview by hovering over the effect in the browser window, then apply it by clicking on the image of the desired preset.

18 Red Giant Universe tools have been updated with additional new features, including some of these:

  • Holomatrix II now includes new distortion effects based on holographic imagery from films like “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.”
  • Camera Shake has been redesigned and enhanced to make it simple to make camera shakes with little effort. This is useful for enhancing action sequences such as filming with a car mount, on a boat, and in an earthquake.
  • ToonIt Studio consolidates and updates earlier approaches in Universe to cartoon, painterly, and pencil sketch effects.
  • Finisher makes it easy to improve the image quality without adding noise by using Enhanced Contrast control to expands apparent latitude via an additive process and recover detail via multiple luma layers.
  • Unmult, a long-time freebie but no more, now offers additional controls to help users precisely remove black backgrounds and create an alpha channel.

 

You do get some old favorites, like Glitch, MisFire film damage (and related tools), Swish Pan, RGB Separation and Chromatic Aberration, and Knoll Light Factory EZ, which generates lens flares originally built by John Knoll, ILM’s Chief Creative Officer.

A complete visual overview with video demos of the tools in Universe 2.0 is available on one page and in a list of documentation text pages. As usual, Red Giant has prepared a good number of video demoes and integrating tutorials.

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Creative Cloud video 2015.3 – June 2016 update http://www.provideocoalition.com/creative-cloud-updates-june2015-3/ http://www.provideocoalition.com/creative-cloud-updates-june2015-3/#respond Tue, 21 Jun 2016 14:01:50 +0000 http://www.provideocoalition.com/?p=35025 Adobe has released a new version of its Creative Cloud video and audio tools, dubbed Creative Cloud 2015.3 (not Creative Cloud 2016).  Here’s a roundup of summary info, links to more, and videos from Adobe and 3rd party reviewers & trainers. Some users may need to be patient: it sometimes takes hours for the updates to rollout throughout the entire user base.

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Adobe has released a new version of its Creative Cloud video and audio tools, dubbed Creative Cloud 2015.3 (not Creative Cloud 2016).  Here’s a roundup of summary info, links to more, and videos from Adobe and 3rd party reviewers & trainers.

Some users may need to be patient: it sometimes takes hours for the updates to rollout throughout the entire user base. Direct download links are not currently available. Adobe is using new installer technology, which will install 2015.3 alongside the previous version, so you probably should choose to deselect “Remove Old Versions” in the Creative Cloud app (in Advanced Options when you click Install). The new installer should complete faster, and was supposed to be able to install multiple CC apps at once (that doesn’t appear to happen though).

Migrating plug-ins between versions can be a problem, depending on plug-in tech used, but copying the old folder over to the new version plug-in folder often works fine. Just be sure to copy the folder before you uninstall the old version, which is the default behavior (as mentioned above).

Below is Adobe intro videos and an outline of feature highlights of this release. There’s sometimes more specific info linked to in Adobe Premiere Pro Help / New features summary, and related Help sections (links below), but Help doesn’t include video or 3rd-party information. Note also other CC apps were also updated but not always in full force this round; see the very cool new features in Photoshop at the bottom of this page.

Adobe also has a introductory overview video of Creative Cloud video tools at Use the Adobe Creative Cloud video tools together by Maxim Jago.

 

Note that on June 21st through the 23rd, Adobe has invited artists to live stream Creative Cloud demos on the Adobe Twitch Channel. Spanning four creative fields – Graphic Design, UX Design, Illustration and Video – featured guests will show off their Button-Live-Channelfavorite  techniques and answer questions live. Each day from 3pm to 5pm, there is planned Live Video Editing with Jason Levine and Michael Chaize.

Beginning at 9am PT (Pacific Time) on Tuesday, June 21st, Adobe is streaming until 6pm each day through Thursday. At any point throughout these three days, you can actively participate in the Online Creative Jam and get a chance to win prizes.

There’s a similar CC Dojo event for Japanese users.

 

Premiere Pro (10.3) and Adobe Media Encoder (more at team blog and Premiere Pro Help)
  • Proxy workflows (video) in Premiere Pro CC and Adobe Media Encoder CC help editors work with heavy 8K, HDR and HFR media even on lighter weight machines like laptops. Or editors can switch seamlessly to native high-resolution formats up to 8K—such as RED Weapon—or with a new workflow that creates lightweight proxies at ingest (AME video). Paul Del Vecchio noted that you can copy to a specific location upon import.

  • Premiere Pro CC will add new virtual reality VR capabilities (video), which can be interpreted immediately by YouTube and other sources.  Tim Dashwood noted: “This first effort by Adobe is currently only useful for previewing your equirectangular footage at any field of view or orientation, but not keyraming or exporting a ‘pan & scan’ version. You will still require the HMD Preview plug-in in 360VR Toolbox or 360VR Express to do that.”  Tim Dashwood put features and shortcomings in context in his helpful video below. 
  • Mettle also has a bunch of info on VR, and not all using their SkyBox360 AE Premiere plug-in – which was demoed by Adobe’s Dave Helmly at 22:22 in the video at the bottom of this section.
  • Alex Pearce posted an actual 360VR video (view in Google Chrome), Premiere Pro VR tools in latest update.

  • Edit immediately during ingest (video) means that Premiere Pro CC users can use the files immediately while complete import of video and audio files finishes in the background. Users can also switch between native and proxy formats freely when using multiple devices. With initial support for Apple Metal and H.264 hardware decoding (Windows Intel Iris only), you get better performance. Export enhancements would be even more welcome, as Apple Final Cut Pro X has been killing Premiere in tracking and encoding speed.
  • Better Captioning and Titling Options include new support for creating and editing open captions including font, color, size, and text positioning. Expanded titling now includes more languages and in their native alphabets, including RTL Arabic and Hebrew support (video by Eran Stern).
  • Improvements have ben made to Media Encoder, with media browser previews, ingest preset, proxy management, export to Twitter, export from Character Animator and Audition to AME.

  • Enhanced Lumetri Color tools (video) within Premiere Pro CC adds HSL Secondaries (yay!) to expand the editor’s toolkit for making color correction  easier for all. There’s an Auto White Balance feature and support for color Tangent control surfaces inside Premiere Pro, as explained by Robbie Carman in the 2nd video below (and in Help) — as well as enhancements to Lumetri Scopes and an included SpeedLooks look bundle.

Scott Simmons notes, “Super thin tracks” and “New in the @AdobePRE 2015.3 update – FCP XML Time Remapping Support now supports import of Speed ramps & exporting same to Final Cut Pro XML”.  See his earlier look at the release from after NAB, A Closer Look At What’s Coming In The Next Update To Adobe Premiere Pro and the newer Kicking the tires on Proxy Editing with Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015.3.

Josh at Retooled.net has a nice take on this release, covering some handy smaller features and notes on newly “obsolete” effects.

Adobe’s Dave Helmly added a complete demo, Adobe Premiere Pro CC June 2016 Update (v2015.3).

 

After Effects (13.8) (more at team blog and Help) 
  • Performance improvements (video), like the new video and audio preview architecture in After Effects CC, deliver playback of cached frames for a smoother experience. You may see overall efficiency improvements when interacting with the application, while a select few (eg, Lumetri) GPU-accelerated effects deliver faster renders (must enable GPU-effects in PROJECT SETTINGS). The full story of the 2-year re-architecture and associated snafus has yet to be written (early 2014 AE team proposal)!

  • Cinema 4D Exporter Improvements (video) allow you to transition a project from After Effects CC to Maxon Cinema 4D with new export options. Animated 3D text and shape layers can now be saved directly into the Cinema 4D file format. Add some depth and customizations to your text and shapes in Cinema 4D, and changes are automatically updated in After Effects for a roundtrip 3D motion graphics workflow.

Other improvements include: Faster image sequence import, Improved Creative Cloud Libraries and Stock experience, Improved Cache Before Playback, Auto-save while starting render queue. Also, Apple ProRes QuickTime files can be decoded on Windows without needing QuickTime installed on the system. RED camera raw file decoding now supports RED Scarlet-W, Raven, and Weapon cameras, including 8K .r3d footage.

With Todd Kopriva now gone after some years, info on many smaller improvement and bug fixes is MIA, though perhaps forthcoming on the team blog. There is at least one known bug for users of  After Effects Text Templates, according to Joost van der Hoeven. Other reports include problems with missing LUTs & syncing, and sudden hard rebooting of a Hackintosh (regular Macs can use the OS X default display driver, not the recent Nvidia one, if they experience this).

Motionworks looked at the April NAB preview of this release a few months ago, AE CC 13.5, in After Effects 3D Enhancements. Otherwise, all the usual AE heavywieghts and regular supporters are not reporting on this release so far — though there is a single new video by “Zola,” on 3D and Cineware.

 

Character Animator (see more at team blog and Help) 
  • Easier and more efficient Character Animator (video) includes a simplified puppet creation process that enables users to easily tag puppet layers and record multiple takes of a character’s movement. Users can animate puppets to respond to motion and trigger animation accordingly.

 

Audition CC (9.2) (see more at the team blog and in Help)
  • The new Essential Sound panel (video) in Audition CC enables novices to mix audio content with better results in a single panel. Modeled after the Lumetri Color panel in Premiere Pro, the Essential Sound panel provides simple controls to unify volume levels, repair sound, improve clarity, and help your video projects sound like they were mixed by an audio engineer.

  • Also new in Audition, Direct Export with Adobe Media Encoder (video) enables you to export video projects with finished audio directly with Adobe Media Encoder, saving the trip back to Premiere Pro. All formats and presets are available, including formats which support re-wrap to minimize re-encoding video. Get full control over audio channel streams for multichannel audio formats, such as MXF, ensuring compatibility with your workflows and standards.

 

Adobe Stock (see Adobe Stock site) 
  • Quickly find Adobe Stock assets (video) with new filtered search in Creative Cloud Libraries. Licensed assets in your library are now badged for easy identification, videos are displayed with duration and format information, and saved videos are linked to video previews on the Adobe Stock site. Adobe Stock will have enhanced connections with CC apps and new workflows to enable Adobe Bridge and Lightroom users to contribute to the Adobe Stock marketplace directly from within the application.
  • Introducing the Adobe Stock Premium Collection, a highly curated collection of nearly 100,000 hand selected images sourced from some of the world’s leading photographers and agencies.

 

Premiere Clip for iOS and Android

Adobe posted info in Update: See What’s New in the Latest Release of Premiere Clip for iOS and Android!

 

Photoshop (17.0)

Users should enjoy several exciting new features and performance improvements with this release, listed as 2015.5. There’s much more at Jeff Cranberry’s Adobe blog and at the Adobe’s Photoshop blog.

  • Content-Aware Crop – When rotating or expanding an image beyond its original size using the Crop tool, sometimes you end up with image gaps around the edges. Content-Aware Crop addresses this by intelligently filling in the resulting gaps in an instant.
  • Face-Aware Liquify automatically detects faces and their components in an image, and then makes it simple to quickly adjust eyes, nose, mouth and other facial features, allowing users to create artistic facial effects easily.
  • Match Font, is an innovative new font recognition technology previewed at Adobe MAX 2015 and is included in this release. Match Font scans an image, recognizes text within the image, and then identifies matching or similar fonts based on fonts you have access to, either locally on your machine or through Creative Cloud.
  • Also introduced are new Performance Enhancements in Photoshop, including a 4x performance improvement when working with font menus and the Content-Aware Fill feature.

Julieanne Kost posted several video, including 5 Hidden Gems in Photoshop CC (15.5) and Content Aware Crop.

Scott Kelby shared Photoshop 2015.5’s New Built-in Type Recognition Feature.

Photoshopcafe posted Face Aware Liquify In Photoshop Cc Tutorial.

Here’s a 25 minute overview from the Photoshop Training Channel by Jesús Ramirez.

 

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