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Here's a quick tutorial on using the critical shortcuts for keyframing within Adobe After Effects.

Here's a short tutorial on how to create a camera flash freeze frame effect in Final Cut Pro. 

If you have Final Cut Pro 7.0, you can also create a similar effect using the new speed control tool within Final Cut Pro.

Here's a short tutorial for creating a glass bug using Photoshop. This video also contains closed captioning.  Photoshop for video lessons are now included as part of our Avid Media Composer and Final Cut Pro training courses.

This tutorial was created on a Macintosh, but the steps are almost indentical if you are using a PC. For Avid Media Composer users, you may need invert the alpha channel in order for the glass bug to import correctly.


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You can use Avid's Animatte and Paint features to do some incredible things.  Here's a quick tutorial on how to create tracking masks that can be used for color correction purposes.

Continue reading for a full text transcript of this Media Composer tutorial.
Learn how to use Masks within Apple motion to re-fill an empty bottle. This is an advanced Motion tutorial, and there are a lot of steps.

If you'd like to try this effect on your own, click on the image below for the full high-res image of the original tequila bottle.

Click on the picture below to get a full resolution copy of the bottle.  This way you can try this Apple Motion tutorial on your own.

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Continue reading for a full text transcript of this Motion tutorial.
Check out this short video tutorial on how to create a lightning bolt effect using the 'illusion' effects within Avid Media Composer.

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Learn how to create this cool effect using Final Cut Pro and Apple Motion.  This video tutorial assumes a couple of things.  You may want to review these articles and/or video tutorials before trying this tutorial on your own.

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Avid Media Composer includes a 'plasma wipes' effect category that allow you to perform some interesting wipes. What many Avid users may not know is that you can create your own plasma wipes that will show up in the effect's palette.

Check out this short video that was created using a plasma wipe from an exported frame of it's own video clip!

Continue reading for a full text based version of this same Media Composer tutorial.
Check out this cool tutorial on how to map particles onto a path when using Apple's Motion Program.  It's a simple concept, but you can really create some cool effects by watching this easy to follow tutorial.

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It's easy to create a light gleam effect within Avid Media Composer.  Check out this simple video tutorial on how to do this.

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Learn how to keyframe filters directly within the timeline window when using Final Cut Pro. This video tutorial also includes several effects that have been highlighted in previous video tutorials. 

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Check out this short tutorial on how to create a Page peel or curl effect with 2 different sides within Avid Media Composer.

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With the popularity of Apple Macintosh, you may find the need to have a hard drive that can be used with both PC's and MAC's.

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The latest version of Mac OS X can read standard PC hard-drives that are formatted as Windows NTFS or FAT 32. However, there are a couple of catches:

  • If you have a hard-drive that is formatted as NTFS which stands for (New Technology File Ssytem), Mac OS X can only read the partition. It cannot write to it.
  • If you have a hard-drive that is formatted as FAT 32, Windows XP only allows a maximum partition size of 32 Gigs. This can be particularly annoying if you are working with large drives, such as a 1 TB drive. You'd end up with over 30 partitions on your desktop.
  • The largest file size for a Fat 32 partition is only 4GB.  This can really cause a problem for video editing systems, since files can easily exceed that.

The trick is to use your drive manufacturer's disk-formatting software which will allow you to format your drive as one large partition. Formatting your drive as one large FAT 32 partition is the easiest way to make a drive so it can be used with both PC's and Mac's.

If you cannot find the manufacturer's software, look into downloading a shareware program called CompuApps SwissKnife.  It will allow you to create one giant FAT 32 partition for your hard drive.


Another option is to purchase third-party software that allows PC's to read Mac formatted drives.  This requires that you install the software on your PC in order to read Macintosh formatted hard-drives.  I recommend a company called Mac Drive which will allow you to read/write to an Windows NTFS partition on a PC.

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