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SkillSoft - Visual Basic Diagnostics and Management

Posted: 08 Feb 2009 07:04 PM CST

SkillSoft - Visual Basic Diagnostics and Management

Vid. Tutorial | 2hrs. | 14mb | RS,Upl

Configuration and Process Management can be among the most complex
tasks a programmer can undertake. This course aids the student in
familiarizing themselves with the tools in Visual Basic to accomplish

Lessons :

# recognize how to use configuration file and section classes

# recognize how to use configuration elements interfaces

# program custom installers for components

# configure .NET applications for deployment

# program configuration data

# program custom installers

# use event logs

# use system processes

# manage event logs and system processes

# determine how to manage configuration, custom installation, and
system processes.

# debug an application

# trace an application

# describe management events

# retrieve system information

# debug an application

# manage system information

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The Vegas 6 Companion by Gary Kleine - 5 DVDRips

Posted: 08 Feb 2009 06:19 PM CST

The Vegas Pro 8 Companion by Gary Kleiner is a comprehensive learning
resource for Sony Vegas users. This DVD set is a great in-depth
reference for beginning and advanced users alike. You also get media
and project files so you can work right alongside Gary as he
demonstrates the power of Vegas Pro 8.

Disc 1: Vegas Basics, Tips & Tricks I ( 2h:28m )

• Brief Overview

• DV and Still Capture

• Explorer

• Project Media

• Media Manager

• Edit Details

• Trimmer

• Transitions

• Video FX

• Media Generators

• Monitor Calilbration

Disc 2: Vegas Basics, Tips & Tricks II ( 2h:30m )

• The Vegas Interface in depth

• Saving Configurations

• Customizing Keyboard

• Time Selections

• Working with Media

• Keyboard Shortcuts

• Trimming, Split Edits, Slip, Slide,

• A/V Sync

• Nested Projects

• Takes

• Ripple Modes

• Subclips

Disc 3 ( 1h:39m )

• Envelopes

• Keyframes

• Working with 3D

• Parent/Child Tracks

Disc 4 ( 2h:21m )

• Pan/Crop tools

• Bezier Masking

• Monty Python

• Write-On

• Rack Focus

• 3D from 2D

• Audio

• Channels

• Busses

• External Surface Control

• Audio FX

• VST Plugins

• Automated Envelopes

• Surround Sound

• Recording

• Pitch Shifting

Disc 5 ( 2h:40m )

• Custom Composite Mode

• Color Correction

• Using Scripts

• Multi-camera Editing

• Color Isolation Techniques

• Rendering

• Network Rendering

• Printing to Tape

• DeckLink Support

• Working with HDV

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fxphd - AFX301 - A Guerrilla Filmmakers Guide to After Effects

Posted: 07 Feb 2009 11:40 PM CST

One of the most popular articles in recent months over at fxguide was
our story about Gareth Edwards work on Atilla the Hun. Edwards was one
of the first traditional film students to combine live-action drama
with digital effects. After graduating, he went on to work at many of
the UKs leading post-production facilities as a freelance visual
effects artist. Eventually becoming frustrated with the factory
approach to every project, he soon branched out on his own creating
many high-end computer graphics for television clients including BBC
and Discovery, all of which were completed entirely on own from his
bedroom. Some of his work went on to win various accolades, including
a British Academy Award and Emmy nomination.

He has since returned to his filmmaking roots directing the BBC drama
Attila the Hun, which contained over 250 HD visual effects shots, all
of which were created by himself in less than five months. The post
used After Effects, Premiere, Photoshop, Mocha, and 3dsMax all easily
accessible tools for visual effects artists. Needless to say, we
thought this whole experience would make a great real-world fxphd
course and are excited to be adding this new course to the mix at the
site. The course will cover a ton of techniques and approaches Edwards
uses on the job, focusing on the art, the artists eye, and the craft.
If youre a compositor who doesnt use After Effects youll still pick up
a ton of useful information from the course.

Edwards course will begin by breaking down shots, techniques, and
workflow used in the actual production of Atilla the Hun. This
in-depth coverage of the real world project will then shift gears into
producing a complex visual effects shot with footage shot specifically
for the course. Members will recreate the techniques used in one of
the signature shots of the project that of 30,000 Huns storming
across an open field in an aerial shot.

Professor: Gareth Edwards (GarethEdwards)

Class 1: An introduction to the course workflow, using the Adobe
suite, Premiere and Excel. Initial set up for an effects shot in After
Effects. Tracking in AE using nulls for multiple track points and
exporting a time-remapped frame for a clean background plate in
Photoshop. Illustrating the power of the Adobe suite in creating a
quick proof of concept.

Class 2: Creating a matte painting. Follows a breakdown from initial
sketch to importation of photographic elements and eventual rendering
into a completed matte. Multiple examples using pre-rendered 3D and
ways to add realistic details with photos and video to nest them
further into a realistic matte.

Class 3: Tricks within After Effects focused on crowd duplication
recycling elements to create variation. Tips for rotoscoping quickly,
and using other programs such as Mocha and Boujou. Faking 3D space
with a 2D image in After Effects using created or imported layers.

Class 4: Issues with parallax when creating drag and drop armies.
Keying tips. Using a plug-in for 3DSmax to export camera data directly
into After Effects.

Class 5: The poor mans Massive shot. Detailed example into using
particle systems to animate huge crowds using avatar loops and
tracking with multiple layers in both 3D and After Effects.

Class 6: Creation of another massive crowd charge, but using primarily
After Effects instead of 3D particle clouds. 3D tracking in Boujou to
provide tracking for a helicopter pass. Step by step process of
constructing a proof of concept trial for the scene with provided

Class 7: Making changes to the previs shot before committing to a
finalized look. Randomizing the group of tourists further with
additional avatars.

Class 8: A trick for grouping layers to simplify randomizing of
avatars. Preparation of individual avatar passes for final composite.

Class 9: Additional passes are added to the composition to add further
effects and grounding, including dust, bush intersection, color
correction, light grading and glints.

Class 10: Reconsidering aspects of the shot for possible correction or
tweaks. Correcting shadows and motion blur. Further example of a poor
mans Massive with a different background plate, and class conclusion.

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